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John Oxley Library Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The John Oxley Library Fellowship is awarded annually to support researchers of all disciplines, historians, writers and creatives the opportunity to uncover Queensland’s rich and diverse history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland.  

The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000, a personal workspace within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and library staff expertise. The Honorary Fellowship receives the same benefits as the recipient of the John Oxley Library Fellowship without the stipend.  

Applications for the 2023 John Oxley Library Fellowship open on Monday 3 July 2023.  

Interested in applying and have questions? Read our FAQ, or reach out to us at or on (07) 3840 7879 or (07) 3840 7887.

Proudly supported by the Queensland Library Foundation

2022 John Oxley Library Fellow

The 2022 John Oxley Library Fellowship was awarded to Dr Mimi Tsai for her project, Vernacular Landscapes and Queensland Memories: Exploring Queensland’s resilience through narratives of therapeutic environments.

Mimi's project explores the role of people-place relationships in Queensland history by examining three diverse cases that share healing stories - prison farming in H.M. Penal Establishment of St. Helena Island, Queensland war gardens and Chinese market gardening. Learning new perspectives from these histories, this fellowship will then investigate Queenslanders’ COVID-19 pandemic gardens and gardening experiences over the past two years.


For more information about Mimi's project watch her video below.

2022 John Oxley Library Honorary Fellow

The 2022 John Oxley Library Honorary Fellowship was awarded to A/Professor Anna Johnston for her project, History and Fiction: Mapping Frontier Violence in Colonial Queensland Writing.

Anna's project explores the representation of colonial violence in Queensland writing, including fiction, memoirs, and non-fiction and reveals that many Queenslanders knew about violence and dispossession, and some wrote about and agitated against it.


For more information about Anna's project watch her video below.